By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- Current study results on Public Health have been published. According to news reporting originating in Oslo, Norway, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "This paper adopts a novel learning perspective on information systems development. Building on the works of Anselm Strauss we conceptualize development processes as 'negotiated orders' where members from different 'social worlds' encounter and negotiate differences and tensions."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Oslo, "We argue that processes of inquiry and action are interwoven, and this is what facilitates and stimulates learning. Based on a case study where different versions of open source software were customized, further developed and implemented in the Ethiopian public health care system, this paper explores the interplay between participation, politics and learning in IS implementation and use. We consider learning to be an integral part of the social practice, and it occurs mainly through encounters and negotiations between actors from different social worlds who might have competing interests and values. The paper also analyzed how the software in question functioned as a boundary object, not just in the traditional sense by facilitating cooperation among these actors. An even more significant role of the boundary object was in bringing the existing differences to the foreground and thus stimulating negotiations and learning."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "As such, this paper contributes to three discourses: organizational learning, boundary objects and health information systems in developing countries in particular and more specifically to IS implementation in settings with scarce resources, heterogeneous stakeholders, and diverse interests."
For more information on this research see: Understanding the dynamics of learning across social worlds: A case study from implementing IS in the Ethiopian public health care system. Information and Organization, 2013;23(4):233-257. Information and Organization can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Information and Organization - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/621423)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting S.A. Mengiste, University of Oslo, Dept. of Informat, NO-0316 Oslo, Norway (see also Public Health).
Keywords for this news article include: Oslo, Norway, Europe, Software, Public Health, Information Technology, Information and Data Systems
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